Centralia Fall Festival Theme Winner Ella Sanders Sells First Button

September 11, 2018
The Centralia Halloween Parade and Fall Festival committee annually chooses a theme entry winner from area schools and this is used as the event theme for all activities including the commemorative buttons that are designed and sold each year based on the theme.
The City of Centralia began designing buttons in 1992. Steve Shanafield was the designer until his passing. Dr. Jay Borum took over the designing, followed by Carl Meekam. The city sells the buttons to raise extra money so they can fund different parade activities and awards. Many people buy these buttons every year because they are collectors items with only 500 being produced each year.
This year’s theme winner was Ella Sanders. Last Friday, September 7, the Committee gathered at the new City Hall located at 101 S. Locust to hold a button “first sale” between Ella and one of her relatives; Ella’s father, Chad Sanders, became this year’s first purchaser.
If you are interested in buying  a button they can be picked up at Centralia City Hall, Wamac City Hall and various Beggars Corners until festival time. The 92nd Annual Halloween Parade and Fall Festival is only seven weeks away!!
Pictured are (L to R) Kala Lambert; Dr. Jay Borum; Butch Mathus; winner, Ella Sanders; her mother, Maleah Sanders; Norm Smith; her father, Chad Sanders; and Hugh Moran.